Community participation in conservation

Last week, I featured in this column the recent finding of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PhilBio) on the increasing population of the Visayan tarictic hornbill in Negros Island. This development came after the past five years of annual



We now have over 200 COVID-19 positives in the province, including Bacolod, and it is inevitable that figures will continue to rise in the coming days from test backlogs and the resumption of travel for LSIs starting today. As announced, there will be one flight a day and a boatload come Wednesday.


What the quarantine exposes

In a sense, we have to be thankful for this quarantine time since it actually can act like a reagent that would expose to us the stuff we are made of and of what and how we are making out


No strikes for ABS-CBN

No strikes. Just “OUT” immediately. I don’t know why the thought of baseball just came to my mind when I learned that Congress never gave second thoughts, or another chance at bat, before declaring ABS-CBN out of the game. Of course nobody questioned the referee, they all know who his own coaches must be. Some of my own colleagues have expressed apprehensions at what could also happen to our own fellow practitioners who may dare step on tender toes, but I always console myself with what the late Msgr. Antonio Fortich used to tell us: “They won’t bother with you, you are only mosquitoes”.



It would seem that government officials are running out of ideas and are now turning to instilling fear among the people of the country to ensure compliance with health protocols against COVID-19. Instead of focusing on more diligent and humane enforcement with heavier fines, they resort to the threat of imprisonment as a penalty for quarantine violators.


Brgys given P15M

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson turned over checks to barangays of Negros Occidental yesterday, totaling P15 million to fund their projects, a press release from the Capitol said.


Cops nab 4 drug suspects

Four more drug suspects were apprehended by the police in separate buy-bust operations on Wednesday and Thursday in Negros Occidental that also yielded more than P27,000 worth of suspected shabu.


CHO gets 1,000 rapid test kits

The Dumaguete City Health Office received about 1,000 Rapid 2019-NCOV test kits recently, that were procured by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to replenish the dwindling stocks of the city’s medical technologists to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.


Body of fisherman found

The body of the fisherman who had been missing since Tuesday was found floating in the waters of Barangay 1 in Ilog town, Negros Occidental, at about 6 a.m. yesterday.

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Online job fair continues amid Covid

To fulfill its mandate of generating jobs and other economic opportunities, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority has partnered with WorkBank Philippines Inc. to make job vacancies easily accessible to Filipinos seeking employment with PEZA-registered companies. The initiative is in line

Expansion of NegOr livestock market eyed

The proposed expansion of the livestock auction market in the municipality of La Libertad in Negros Oriental is being validated by the Department of Agriculture. La Libertad Mayor Manuel Iway Jr. said expanding their auction market will provide convenience both

Bacolod, NegOcc get more Sinovac doses

The newly-arrived Sinovac vaccines being unloaded from a plane at the Bacolod-Silay Airport under heavy guard yesterday* Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian photo

Bishop commends Bacolod for Covid vaccination plans

Bishop Patricio Buzon commended the Bacolod City government for its vaccination plans during an online dialog Monday. “I congratulate you for this beautiful roadmap towards the recovery of the City in this pandemic. I would like to reiterate our great

SRA asked to convert unshipped ‘A’ sugar

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III The United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines is urging the Sugar Regulatory Administration to convert the remaining  unshipped “A” sugar intended for the United States to “B” for local consumption. This is because the